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Ontario Legislative Building, Toronto

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
The Ontario Legislative Building is a structure in central Toronto, Ontario that houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, as well as the viceregal suite of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and offices for members of the provincial parliament . The building is surrounded by Queen's Park, sitting on that part south of Wellesley Street, which is the former site of King's College, and which is leased from the university by the provincial Crown for a "peppercorn" payment of CAD$1 per annum on a 999 year term.The building and the provincial government are both often referred to by the metonym "Queen's Park".CharacteristicsDesigned by Richard A. Waite, the Ontario Legislative Building is an asymmetrical, five storey structure built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, with a load-bearing iron frame. This is clad inside and out in Canadian materials where possible; the 10.5 million bricks were made by inmates of the Central Prison, and the Ontario sandstone—with a pink-hue that has earned the building the colloquial name of The Pink Palace—comes from the Credit River valley and Orangeville, Ontario, and was given a rustic finish for most of the exterior, but dressed for trim around windows and other edges. There can also be seen over the edifice a multitude of stone carvings, including gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes. The exterior is punctuated with uncharacteristically large windows, allowed by the nature of the iron structure.
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  • I'm not much of visiting museums or this type of buildings, but it is nice, the truth is that worth it, very nice guides and the most important "free"
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  • I was quite surprised with the constructive style of building, imposing and constrastante with the modern architecture of the new town centre. Easy access and broad site.
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  • I very much enjoyed my tour of the building. My tour guide was very knowledgable of the history of Ontario, the history of the building and the way the legislature works. Just a warning that during th...  read more »
  • If you do the tour, keep in mind it is a working building and not a museum. So just a few small historical exhibits, and the tour may get cut short if something is happening in the building. The tour is 1/2hr and interesting nevertheless. Worth doing.
  • Cool place to visit. The tours are well worth it and very informative. Would recommend a visit.
  • Beautiful and vast building in traditional architectural style. Much needed departure in a city filled with glass and steel structures.
  • Randomly stumbled upon this place on our way to explore UofT, and glad we did. Interesting architecture, but the guided tour inside that takes you to parliament/legislative chambers, as well as through galleries of past leaders of the province was what was most impressive.
  • Beautiful building in the same architectural style of the old city hall. Photography and architecture lovers will enjoy the many details on its outside.
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